A Beginners "American'' English Dictionary (En/En)

Word Definition
a 1. one (of a kind): I have a book in my desk. I have an apple to eat for lunch. 2. each (one): He studies English two hours a day. There are sixty minutes in an hour.
abandon 1. to leave someone: She abandoned her family. She went to live in another country. 2. to leave something before it is finished: He abandoned the work because the job was too hard for him.
able 1. knows how to do things: She is able to write her homework. She understands what to do. 2. can do things: She listened to her teacher in class; now she is able to do her homework.
aboard on a plane, train, or boat: Eighty people were aboard the airplane when it landed.
about more or less a particular number or amount: They have about five more minutes before the morning school bell rings.
about with regard to: She is happy when she speaks about her cat.
above over: He hung a pretty picture above his desk.
abroad 1. in another country, being in another country other than your own: The children are studying French abroad. They have been in Paris for 2 months. 2. to another country, to go to another country other than your own: He is going abroad to study English in America.
absent away, not here: She is absent from class. She is at home.
accept to take or agree to have: He accepted the money I gave him for washing my car.
accident something good or bad happening by luck: 1. The ambulance rushed to the accident. 2. By accident I met my friend at the supermarket.
accompany to be with someone or to go somewhere with someone: He accompanied me to the cinema. We saw a funny movie.
according to something happening because it should happen in this way 1. According to the rules of our school, all students who are absent must have a written excuse from their mothers. 2. According to the newspaper, tomorrow it will rain all day.
accuse to blame someone for doing something wrong: The boy accused his sister of taking his toy without asking.
acre a metric measurement of area.
across from one side to the other side: The children walked across the street.
across to the other side: They swam across the pool from one side to the other.
act 1. to play a part: She is a movie star. She acts in films. 2. to do something: Be smart! Think before you act.
actor a man or boy who acts: Alexi is my favorite movie actor.
actress a woman or girl who acts: Rania is my favorite movie actress.
add 1. to put things together to make more, (+): I added 3 and 6 to make 9. (3+6=9) 2. to say more: I should like to add that you are my best friend.
address 1. the place where a person lives: Their address is: 911 South Brys Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan, 48236, USA. 2. a practiced talk: The students listened to their teacher's address. She taught them a new lesson.
address 1. to write where a person lives: She addressed the envelope with her friend's name. 2. to give a practiced talk: The president addressed the nation. We all listened to him speak on TV.
adjective a part of English grammar that tells us more about a noun word: In the sentence, Rania is a nice girl, the word nice is an adjective.
adult a grown up person, someone who is not a child anymore: When I finish all my schooling and become an adult, I want to be a teacher.
adventure an exciting experience, to go or do something that is new and fun: Our science teacher took us on an adventure in the mountains. We climbed rocks and had a lot of fun.
adverb a part of English grammar that tells us more about a verb word: In the sentence, He studied hard for the test and got a good grade, the word hard is an adverb.
advertisement something that is said or written to tell people about things that are for sale: The store put an advertisement on television to tell everyone that they were having a sale.
advice ideas that are given to people by other people to help them do the correct thing: He took my advice and wore a white shirt with his jeans.
affect to make something change: She was affected by the sad movie. She began to cry.
afraid scared, full of fear: He is afraid of ghosts.
after later or next: 8:00 o'clock comes after 7:00 o'clock but before 9:00 o'clock.
afternoon the time after 12 o'clock noon and before the sun goes down at night: Louay has a nap every afternoon at 3:00 o'clock.
afterwards later: First he ate his sandwich; afterwards he ate a chocolate bar.
again another time: The children liked the game. They played again.
against opposite: Don't feed the animals at the zoo. It's against the rules.
age how old you are or something is: 1. I am 38 years old. What is your age? 2. My friend has an old book; its age is twenty years.
ago back in time: He left to the park five minutes ago.
agree to say OK: He agreed to travel with me. We met at the airport.
ahead in front of, better than: She is very smart. She is ahead of all the other students in her class at school. All of the students are doing good work, but because she is very clever she is ahead.
aim purpose or intended direction, wanting to do something: He studies very hard. His aim is to be the best.
aim to have a purpose or intended direction, to want to do something: I aim to be the best in my class so I always study hard.
air 1. what we breathe: We can't breathe under water. We need air. 2. the gases around the earth: The balloon flew up in the air.
air conditioner a machine that blows cool air into a room: They turned on the air conditioner to keep the room cool.
airline a company that has airplanes: MEA is the airline of Lebanon.
airmail mail sent by air: I sent my letter by airmail.
airplane a flying machine with jets and wings: We flew to Jordan in a big airplane.
airport a place where airplanes land or take off: We saw many airplanes at the airport.
alarm a warning signal, a sign that danger is about to happen or is happening: His alarm was great when he saw his brother falling off of his bicycle.
alarm to have a warning signal, to have a sign that danger is about to happen or is happening: He alarmed himself when he saw his brother falling off of his bicycle.
alarm clock a clock that can be set to ring at a specific time as a warning: She set the alarm clock to wake her up at 7:00 o'clock in the morning.
alien 1. belonging to another place or country: A person who lives in a country but does not have the passport of the country can be called an alien. 2. extraterrestrial, belonging to another planet in the universe: We saw a movie about an alien who had green skin and one eye in the middle of its face.
alive having life, opposite of dead: The people were okay after the bad car accident. They were fine and alive when the police arrived.
all everything: He likes candy. He ate all the pieces we gave him.
allow to let someone do something: The teacher allowed the students to stay in class during their lunch break.
allowance pocket money, a daily, weekly, or monthly small amount of money parents give their children to buy things with : He bought a new computer game with his allowance this month.
all right okay, good: Her report card was all right. Her marks were good.
almost nearly, close in time: I almost dropped my school books. I was running home from school.
alone without others: Children are not allowed in the swimming pool alone. They need an adult to be with them.
along in the same direction: We walked along the path in the forest.
along with others: When I flew to London my brother came along with me.
aloud using a loud voice: The baby cried aloud. He wanted his mother to hear him.
alphabet the letters of a language: A, b and c are the first three letters in the English alphabet.
already 1. before: She did not want to go to the restaurant with us because she had already eaten her lunch. 2. at a set time: He was late to school; the teacher had already started the lesson.
also as well, besides: He likes to play tennis and he also likes to ice skate.
although in spite of the fact: Although cats, make her sick, Fifi, the brown cat, is her favorite pet.
altogether completely, more than one thing happening at the same time: The student's test grades were altogether very bad.
always all the time: We live in the desert. It's always hot.
a.m. the time after midnight and before noon: The school bell rings at 8:00 a.m. every morning.
ambulance a bus that carries sick people to a hospital: When he broke his leg he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
among between, in the middle of: He stood among the other students in his class.
amount 1. total quantity, how many: She needed six apples to make the cake; she had that amount. 2. total quantity of money: He saved his money all year; at the end he had a big amount.
an 1. one (of a kind): I have a book in my desk. I have an apple to eat for lunch. 2. each (one): He studies English two hours a day. There are sixty minutes in an hour.
and 1. used when joining two things or ideas in a sentence together: She goes to school in the mornings and does her homework in the afternoons. 2. used after the last comma when joining more than two things or ideas in a sentence: He bought chocolate, candy, and ice-cream at the shop. 3. used to join two verbs in a sentence together: a. The teacher asked my parents to come and see her. b. The children jumped and played. 4. with: I like to put lettuce and tomatoes on my hamburger.
anger feeling mad, being unhappy: Her anger made her cry for not getting a good grade on the test.
angry mad, not happy: The teacher was angry because three students in class didn't do their homework.
animal any living thing other than a plant: Cats, crocodiles, ants, and birds are all animals.
another one more: First she had one candy then she ate another.
another something different: The shoes that he bought were too small for his feet; he took them back to the store and changed them for another pair.
answer anything said or written in reply to a question: All the answers to the questions in our English book are written at the back.
answer to say or write something in reply to a question: He answered all the questions correctly on the test.
ant an insect that gathers food and takes it back to its house underground: Some ants crawled into our picnic basket at the park.
any one or more persons or things, one or some of a group: Mr. George is a kind principal; ask any student in our school.
any in what ever or the least degree: After the movie, my friend asked me to have dinner with her; I told her I couldn't stay any longer.
anybody anyone, any person: Raja was not in school today; our teacher asked us if anybody knew why he was absent.
anyone anybody, any person at all: Does anyone know what time it is?
anything any thing whatever, any such thing: The children didn't have anything to do so they went for a walk in the mountains.
anywhere any place: Because she didn't have anywhere to go; she read a book with her friend.
appear 1. come to view: Stars appear in the sky at night. 2. seem: They appear to be enjoying the party.
apple a red, yellow, or green hard fruit: My grandmother told me to eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away.
apricot a soft orange colored sweet fruit with a fuzzy peel: She bought some apricots to eat for breakfast.
April the fourth month of the year: She was born on April 26, 1964.
Arab people who come from the Middle East and North Africa and speak Arabic: The people of Lebanon are Arabs.
Arabic the language of Arabs: We study Arabic in school.
are from the form of the verb to be: We are drinking tea.
area a flat space around a place: The garden area is around the house.
aren't are not: There aren't any cookies left. The box is empty.
argue to speak or write something with or against something, to fight using words: The children argued for ten minutes over who would sit in the front seat and who would sit in the back seat of the car.
argument something spoken or written with or against something, a fight using: The mother heard the children's argument over who would sit in the front seat and who would sit in the back seat of the car.
arithmetic the use of numbers to find an answer: The children added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided all the numbers on the worksheet. They were studying an arithmetic lesson.
arm the body part from the shoulder to the finger tips: Alexi broke his arm when he was ice skating.
army 1. soldiers: The army fought the bad people and won. 2. the name of a group of people who keep our country safe from other countries: Many children join the army when they are eighteen years old.
around on all sides: The spaceship traveled around the moon.
around everywhere: Why are all your toys lying around?
arrival getting or reaching a place: I did not know that he was coming to visit me, but his arrival was a happy surprise.
arrive to get to a place: We arrived to school as the bell was ringing.
art the study of things of beauty like painting and drawing: She painted a pretty picture of flowers in art class.
artist a person who makes things of beauty like paintings and drawings: The artist drew a picture of flowers in a vase.
as 1. like: Be a good boy. Listen to me and do as I say. 2. same: Our city is as beautiful as your city.
ask to say a question: Ask me a question and I'll tell you the answer.
asleep to be sleeping: Don't speak so loudly. Your brother is asleep.
astronaut a person who travels into space in a rocket or a shuttle: Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to walk on the moon.
astronomy the study of things in space: We learned about the sun in our astronomy class today.
at 1. near: The cat sat at the window watching the rain fall. 2. in a place: They played at the park for two hours. 3. to show time: The train arrived at 5:00 o'clock.
ate past of eat: I ate all the food in my lunch box.
August the eighth month of the year: He was born on August 25, 1994.
aunt the sister of a mother or father: My father has one sister; she is my aunt. My mother has one sister; she is also my aunt.
author a person who writes books or articles: I am the author of this dictionary.
autumn the season that comes after summer and before winter, fall season: The fall season is another word for autumn.
average a mathematical mean, the middle point between numbers: He got a 92 on his first test and an 80 on his second test. His average was 86.
average something normal, in the middle: She has an average face; it is neither ugly nor beautiful.
awake not asleep: I am not sleeping. I am still awake.
away 1. somewhere else: He is away from home now. He is at work. 2. going somewhere else: The airplane is flying up into the clouds. It is going away.
awful horrible, very bad: They have an awful cat as a pet; it scratches and bites.
a few some: A few of the children are tired; the others still want to play.